About the Company:

The company is a high-profile, well-funded startup supported by some of the top names in the media industry. Solely focused on the Baltimore area, they are creating a new paradigm for digital-first, cross-channel local media. Their content will extend across the web, mobile, radio, and video. Their vision is to be the leading provider of news and lifestyle content in the Baltimore area.

About the Job:

The Baltimore Banner hires an opinion editor to curate op-eds, letters to the editor, and other reader commentary. We see the opinion page as a critical engagement tool for our digital news product and a way to reach different audiences and fulfill our mission of covering traditionally underserved markets. The ideal job candidate will have strong editing skills and be able to work with outside writers whose writing prowess may not be as strong as staff. They will pay attention to diversity and choose commentary that spans a wide range of viewpoints and comes from writers of various backgrounds. They will not let their personal views influence which reader contributions we publish. The opinion editor will also have a strong eye for detail and make sure stories are heavily fact-checked for accuracy and misinformation. They will ensure that opinion writers follow The Baltimore Banner’s ethics policy to avoid conflicts. The job also requires someone well-versed in the many topics people may write about.

 Responsibilities:

  • Strong editing skills and ability to work with writers with varying degrees of skill
  • Commitment to diversity in reflecting the communities we cover
  • Work across social media platforms to help our readers engage with our content
  • Ability to stay informed about a variety of topics
  • Ability to cut through misinformation
  • Ability to manage many writers at once
  • Generate new ideas for audience growth and be open to new ways of reaching readers
  • Represent The Banner in the community as needed — in person or on television or radio appearances 
  • Use and understand newsroom analytics to hone and identify the coverage that serves readers

 Requirements

  • A minimum of five years of experience in journalism; some work with freelancers preferable
  • Strong writing skills and ability to make complex topics understandable
  • Strong news judgment and fact-checking skills
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
  • Enthusiasm for news and content that will resonate with readers
  • Demonstrate teamwork and willingness to collaborate with others
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to give and receive constructive feedback
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as news dictates
  • Top-notch planning, organizational, and time management skills
  • Knowledge and use of metrics, social media, and SEO to grow audience and digital subscription
  • A commitment to upholding journalistic values and ethics 

 

The Venetoulis Institute embraces diversity and inclusion, and we are wholeheartedly committed to being proactive in inspiring a culture of inclusion across our organization. We are dedicated to establishing an organization that reflects the fundamental respect for different ways of working and living. We assure every employee the opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

 

 

 

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